Message from the Principal

Today is World Autism Awareness Day

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong development disability characterised by difficulties in social interaction, communication, restricted and repetitive interests and behaviours, and sensory sensitivities. An estimated one in 100 Australians has an ASD and, for some unknown reason, it is four times more common in boys than girls.

People with an autism spectrum disorder may exhibit unusual behaviour due to the difficulties they have responding to their environment. Their behaviour is generally an attempt by them to communicate their feelings or to cope with a situation. Behaviour problems may occur as the result of their heightened sensitivity to a sound or something they may have seen or felt. For people with an autism spectrum disorder, rigidly sticking to routines and spending their time in repetitive behaviours are ways for them to reduce uncertainty and maintain the predictability of their environment.

Some famous people that live/lived with an autism spectrum disorder include:  Susan Boyle, (British singer and Britain's Got Talent finalist), Daryl Hannah (actress), Dan Aykroyd (actor), Amadeus Mozart (musician), Albert Einstein (scientist) and Michelangelo (artist).

At Star of the Sea School, we have a number of students with an ASD. One such student is Grace Quinn-Hennessy. Grace is a Year 6 student, and she has written a very moving biographical account of her life with ASD. I invite you to read her story, attached to today’s newsletter.

School Fees

Term 2 school fees will be issued today, with a due date of 30 April 2014. Brisbane Catholic Education is implementing a major upgrade to the school financial system over the Easter holidays so please ensure your Term 1 Accounts are brought up to date ASAP. Thank you.

End of Term Disco

The children are very excited about the disco this evening. Thank you to the P&F committee for all the preparation work for this evening. I look forward to seeing you there.

Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable holiday.


Liam Dougherty